Moving to a new BC wood manufacturing sector will not be quick or easy! As outlined in Building a diversified mfg sector-challenges_1, there are challenges to overcome in this transition. It will be a journey, not an event requiring:
Politicians thinking strategically beyond a one-term election period or political ideology,
Politicians adopting a business environment that addresses the needs of investors, profitability of companies and acknowledging current and future markets,
Companies committing support for a secondary wood manufacturing sector, and
Communities being realistic and supporting local investments in secondary wood manufacturing.
The Forest Amendment Act-Bill 22 has created industry and community uncertainty and lacks reference to a BC wood manufacturing sector vision. Bill Bourgeois provides comments and suggested actions in Bill 22 – comments.
Government’s Forest Sector Revitalization initiative has generated a great deal of consultation, uncertainty and stress within the industry, investors, suppliers, communities and Government itself. It is fragmented without a vision for the wood manufacturing sector. Government has taken the approach “we are in a transition from the current forest sector to a new forest sector and it will take time to evolve.” The lack of a vision and counting on broad consultations to provide the leadership is problematic. Bill Bourgeois provides his comments and suggested actions to achieve a sustainable wood manufacturing sector that contributes toward achieving community resiliency in a New manufacturing sector-Action plan
BC produces a wide range of very impressive products from BC forests. A graphic description of examples-of-bc-wood-products are presented to bring this to the attention of British Columbians and others interested in some of the output from forest management.